FOR WHOM DID CHRIST DIE?
For Further Study
The following resources are recommended:
Did Christ Die Only for the Elect?—A Treatise on the
Extent of Christ's Atonement, by Norman F. Douty (Wipf and Stock
Publishers, Eugene, Oregon). This is a very helpful book written on the extent
of the atonement, but I do not endorse everything taught in the book, nor do I
necessarily endorse Douty’s other books.
The Death Christ Died A Biblical Case For Unlimited Atonement (Revised
Edition, 1998) by Robert P. Lightner [Kregel]. This is an excellent defense of the
doctrine of unlimited atonement by a respected Bible teacher and theologian. There is an
appendix dealing with the teaching of Dr. John MacArthur on this issue (pages 161-165).
The Extent of the Atonement by James Morison (London: Hamilton,
Adams & Co., 1882). Excellent well-written study by this Scottish believer of the 19th
century. It is available from GOOD BOOKS (2456 Devonshire Rd., Springfield, IL 62703). I
have quoted from this work throughout this paper.
Universal Redemption of Mankind by Richard Baxter (printed in
London, 1694). A massive study of this issue (502 pages) but written in old English
("s" written as "f", etc.) and hard to follow. Available from GOOD
BOOKS (address given above under #3).
Did Christ Die Only for the Elect? By Charles R. Smith [BMH Books,
Winona Lake, Indiana]. This is a helpful booklet which shows the problems with the limited
For Whom Did Christ Die? Systematic Theology, Vol. III,
by Lewis Sperry Chafer, Chapter X, pages 183-205. This is an excellent discussion of this
issue. Chafer looks at the extent of the atonement from the three aspects of Christs
cross-work: redemption (sinward), reconciliation (manward) and propitiation (Godward).
The Extent of the Atonement, Basic Theology by Charles
Ryrie, Chapter 55, pages 318-323.
Beyond Calvinism and Arminianism by C. Gordon Olson,
his chapter on "For Whom Did Christ Die?" and his appendix on "Quotations from
Calvin on General Redemption." This recommendation does not mean that I agree
with everything in Olson’s book. See also Getting the Gospel
Right by the same author, Chapter 16, "Christ really died for every
sinner" (pages 202-215).
--George Zeller (revised 6/96;12/99;10/01; 9/04, 8/06)
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